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True Virtue: The Autobiography of a Western Buddhist Nun

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Paperback, 176 pages
Published July 2nd 2019 by Parallax Press
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Oviya Balan
Jun 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
I loved this book for obvious reasons
1. I knew nothing about the author, so this also felt like a good fiction to me.
2. I didn't feel obligated to love the story just because I liked the author.
3. The writing was very clean and relatable.

Having said that, few parts felt dragged a bit too long. Read this for a good story. Read this for the good narration.
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Danielle
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This memoir is the story of Sister Annabel Laity, also known as True Virtue, a British woman who became ordained as a Buddhist nun and has trained with Thich Nhat Hanh.

Born in rural England, her journey takes her all over the world, and it is interesting to hear about the lessons she learns and people she meets along the way.

Laity is vert relatable and mentions her own struggles with meditation, which is reassuring for the layperson trying to practice on their own . Overall, the story was insig
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Simonne Lambert
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this story of Sister Annabel (True Virtue) as she recounts her path to becoming a Buddhist nun. I was born around the same time as her and my family often took vacations in Cornwall and Devon so I could relate to her stories of the beautiful countryside there. But there it stopped because I wasn’t a young woman seeking enlightenment. I loved the author’s conversational style of writing and I loved that she presented herself flaws and all. Thank you Sister Annabel for sharing your journey ...more
Lorena
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I was curious to learn more about the monastic life and Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village community. This book definitely delivered, but I think it was a little much for me. As promised in the blurb, Sister Annabel Laity (aka True Virtue) openly shares the ups and downs of her lifelong search for spiritual community. I give her credit for writing such an honest, self-aware autobiography, but for me, it was too long, too detailed, and didn’t hold my interest. I found myself skimming, which I almost ...more
Dee
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank God/Goddess for people like Thích Nhất Hạnh and their trusty sidekicks like Sister Annabel. Hard working, humble, committed, dedicated, caring for others, but still vulnerable, aware of their "failings" and out-there making fascinating stories of their lives. My hope is that by reading books like Annabel's some of their good karma might rub off on me - a lazy, self centred bumble-brain (relatively speaking). I mean, who wouldn't like to have someone inspiring to follow, rules to abide by, ...more
Kate Lawrence
Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, buddhism
Sr. Annabel Laity's life, from growing up in England to finding her way as a Zen Buddhist nun, has taken her around the world, and readers follow every step of the way. Her time living in a Tibetan Buddhist practice center in northern India was of particular interest. After becoming part of Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum village community in France and ordaining as a nun, she later worked to establish retreat centers in the U.S. and then in Germany. She traveled to many countries conducting retreats. He ...more
Janice
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am always fascinated by the lives of people who “sacrifice much” of what we ordinary folks regard as important or even crucial in our lives in their pursuit of spiritual growth and fulfillment. Here, Sister Annabel Laity writes of her journey towards becoming a Buddhist nun. The book is well-written , insightful and even inspiring. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended.
My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an arc in exchange for my honest review.
Brother Yonten
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful from start to finish

Dear Sister Annabel, Guides the reader through the highs & lows of her lives path, giving rise to beautifully crafted insights to her connection to dear respected Thay (Thich Nhat Hanh) & the germination of Plum Village tradition as Thays Dharma stream touches beings on every continent.
Pro Mukherjee
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
So much I can relate to personally in Sister True Virtue’s description of her journey. For me - inspiring and confidence nourishing, in many ways.
Also, wonderful to gain an insight into the early days and evolution of Plum Village.
Hannah Harris
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Inspiring to hear about Sister True Virtue's life, and struggles that I have in common with her. ...more
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True Virtue is a interesting story of the life of Sister Annabel Laity and becoming a Buddhist. A very interesting life and some great stories.
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